Jubilee has it all together. Shes an elite cellist, and when shes not working in her stepmoms indie comic shop, shes prepping for the biggest audition of her life.
Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest ...more
Win a Copy of This Book
Format: Print book
Giveaway ends in:
Availability: 10 copies available, 2234 people requesting
Giveaway dates: Mar 21 - Apr 20, 2020
Countries available: U.S.
Ive been hearing a lot of hype for this book since its release was announced. I even made a stop at the Penguin booth at ALA to request a copy and was over the moon when they handed it to me. I instantly bumped this up my reading list because I couldnt let it sit there and torment me.
Am I glad that I read it? Oh, most definitely. Is it one of the best books Ive read? No, its not. It had a lot of great things going for it ...more
But I was not expecting this book to also be so HEAVY. The book tackles anxiety disorders, suicidal depression and parental abuse. It never said out right but Im pretty sure it was hinted that Ridleys dad physically beat him. Peaks raised her hand to hug him and Ridley flinched as if she were going to strike him.
The representation in this was amazing: POC, mental illness, LGBTQIA rep. Its not ...more
ACTUAL: 4.5 stars
Jubilee balances preparing for an important cello audition for a prestigious summer program with working at her stepmoms indie comic shop. Ridley's parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, but he cannot get them to notice him, unless he failing to meet their expectations. These two meet at a comic book convention prom, they cannot help falling for each other. But with feuding ...more
With that out of the way, I am wondering where to start with this review. I have so much I want to say about this book, but I cant say everything on my mind because of spoilers. I think the thing I want to start off saying is that this book is so much more than your typical contemporary teen romance. Although to ...more
Dugan definitely has a style- both were about a ploy or trick or mission. And its formulaic only in that its a comfortable trope to use (and the book is also a retelling of Romeo and Juliet) but she adds layers of complexity and geekdom to make it her own but thoroughly entertaining/
Ridley has anxiety and depression ...more
This book was on my radar as one that I wanted to reader eventually. For some reason I thought it was a Middle Grade for awhile and then a comic book for awhile, but it is YA! But, my friend was super excited about it (then read and loved it), so I learned what it was actually about! The two main characters are falling for each other when their parents are rivals in the comics industry. And that one of them has anxiety! So, it was bumped up into something I definitely wanted to try ...more
I was recently watching the new All the Bright Places movie and it just reminded me about how I was in the minority for not having enjoyed that book because I felt like it romanticized suicide and I didn't like the message it was sending.
Now THIS book, this is the story I would have wanted ATBP to be. This book deals with mental health, with depression and anxiety, with queer rep, with being enough, with ...more
It also really dug into anxiety, ...more
This book completely blew past my expectations (this was the first of Jennifer Dugan's books that I've read) for what appears to be a contemporary YA rom-com. And to be clear, YA rom-coms are great and I love them! At its most simplistic, Verona Comics, as you might have guessed from the title and ...more
A great read, just know its not a fluffy romance! ...more
I loved Jennifer Dugans Hot Dog Girl but I just couldnt connect to this Romeo and Juliet influenced comic book tale. Both characters were a little hard to sympathize with, especially as they were interacting in real life and via texts, I found myself growing impatient. ...more
My favorite thing about Jen's books is that she's not afraid to write messy characters. They aren't perfect and they aren't suddenly cured when they get into a relationship. Jubilee is singularly driven until she meets Batman in an elevator going to a prom at the convention she's attending with her moms-one of them being Vera, a comic book writer and shop owner. Ridley, or Batman, is trying to work through his anxiety ...more
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan follows Jubilee and Ridley. Jubilee is the stepdaughter of Vera, an indie comic store owner and publisher. Jubilee balances her time between working at the store and practicing the cello, for which she has a big audition coming up. Ridley is the son of the owners of a huge comic store chain. Ridley struggles to feel important to his family, especially his father.
This book is so hard to rate, but after sleeping on my rating for a few days, have decided to give it a 2.5. While there were parts I enjoyed (mainly the first 75 pages), it was definitely outweighed by everything else. Verona Comics does have a lot of diverse representation, as both the main characters are bisexual, and Ridley has depression and anxiety.